The Errant Stage is a new mobile performance venue in a big red converted van!
Affordable for artists. Accessible for audiences. Sustainable for the future.
The Errant Stage is completely transportable and has the ability to reach communities anywhere, bringing high quality theatre to places it’s never been before.
Driven by the demand for affordable, accessible performance space and the desire to create easier access to the arts, The Errant Stage is our response to radical arts funding cuts.
Using solar and wind power, The Errant hopes to be a leading example in sustainable venues and low-emission events.
This big red van offers more than just entertainment; it hopes to encourage conversation, communication and connection between individuals and communities.
So, if you are a performer looking for a platform, a festival intrigued by a new unique venue, a theatre company wanting to tour or any combination of the above, get in touch! We want to be your stage: let’s search for the next adventure together.
Red Van Can.
Rather than fighting with the bigwigs of the arts in their big buildings, we’re going to change things; we created our own little building, put it on four wheels and took it to artists and audiences to start conversations.
From competitive industry to creative community.
Theatre and the arts is more than just an industry; it is a community. A community that we want to continue growing, to keep putting new work in front of new audiences. A community that is fuelled by passion and belief that the arts and performance are essential to our human connections with each other and the world around us; The Errant Stage is our contribution to that.
Travelling in search of adventure...
The Errant Stage is our vision for the future of the performing arts - a future of adventure, empathy and community instead of routine, egoism and competitive industry.
...Erring from the accepted course.
This is our commitment to the creative process of exploration and celebration of failure, learning from one another by creating together.
Affordable for artists,
Arts funding cuts are greatly affecting the amount of new work being made or performed, and the cost of venue hire and production is restrictive to unfunded young companies. The Errant Stage is our chance to create a brighter tomorrow for artists and their audiences, by providing a professional platform, with little or no hire fees, that they can feel they have ownership of.
Accessible for audiences,
We are challenging the power dynamics of expensive cultural events held exclusively in big cities by taking The Errant Stage, with its affordable programme, to meet different audiences around the UK and the world. We want our events to be physically and financially accessible and engaging to all audiences.
Sustainable for the future.
Through continuous research into sustainable power sources from solar to wind we are making The Errant Stage a trailblazer of sustainable off-grid venues.
Jonna Nummela is a creative facilitator, performance artist, comedian and writer whose work is grounded in feminist thinking and evolving themes of identity and representation. Originally from Finland, Nummela moved to the UK in 2010 to study Applied Theatre and Education. Working and travelling between the two countries, Jonna is interested in creating international community-led arts projects in as many different locations as possible and generating creative conversations where everyone can have an equal say.
The Errant Stage is hosted in a big red converted 2006 Iveco Luton van. In it’s previous life the van was owned by Kilter Theatre who toured their immersive show ‘The Last Post’ in it for four years.Kate fell in love with the van almost immediately and as the fates would have it, in January 2017 she jumped on the chance to buy the Luton, and set into motion the team’s vision.
Check out Kate’s early conversion videos to see how she got on with fibreglassing in freezing February, how the space has transformed on the inside and for continuous updates on the conversion process.The space can host an intimate and enclosed audience of up to 20 people, whilst maintaining a decent 10 x 4 ft performance space, or she can open her doors, double the performing area and have a large open audience area on the ground outside.
Kate Powell is a theatre facilitator and puppet practitioner whose work focuses on the education and liberation of creativity and empathy within communities.
Inspired by her rural beginnings competing at festivals with her local dramatics groups, her training at university and then into her professional career, Kate believes in using her skills in Drama and Puppetry to help us understand ourselves, our connections and our communities
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